I’m lousy at maintaining this blog. I often say that, but I’ve yet to find a cure.
That said, I think it’s important to keep you all up to date with The Bleeding Worlds and progress on Book Three, Resonance.
So, the short answer is, things are going slowly.
The longer answer is to say the book has become a victim of my failings as an author.
Failing number one is my inability to outline. I start with an idea, get excited about it, follow it down the rabbit hole, and reach about 15,000 or so words. And then I hit a wall. Not just writer’s block, no I could probably handle that. Instead, it’s the inescapable sense that I’ve taken a wrong path and the book no longer meets my vision.
The solution usually takes the form of a mass purge.
I start over.
The few things that survive do so in thought only, they require total rewrites.
The happy news is starting over always makes me happier with the book and, certainly in the case of Suture, delivers a superior story than the one I started with.
The second failing I have as an author is not being able to work through my moods. Those authors who attain true success sit down everyday, crank out their desired word count, and move ahead in their work, regardless of their mood. I’ve yet to master that skill.
When I’m depressed, words don’t flow.
When I feel overwhelmed, or tired, ideas don’t take shape.
And the worst part is the longer inactivity continues, the more depressed I get because I’m not making the progress I want.
I hoped Resonance would be nearing completion by this point.
It’s not even close. In many ways, it’s just starting to live again.
But I will not fail you, or myself. The story will be told. I will write the best book I am capable of, and The Bleeding Worlds will come to a conclusion.
This happened with Suture last year, and I was able to release the book in the first week of August. I think I’ll be a little earlier than that with Resonance, but I don’t realistically see it being released before July.
Which is still faster than a lot of authors release their novels, but I had hoped to improve my release times by now.
So there’s the update. I’m still writing, the new direction is a huge improvement over the first words I wrote, and the book will be out this summer. I hope you’ll hang in there and join me when that time comes.
Thanks for all the support,